Friday, 29 July 2016

7TV2 - The Assassination Affair (Coming Soon).

Some pictures of the set from the upcoming 7TV2 episode of The Guardians - Episode 1: "The Assassination Affair".







Featuring a special guest appearance by George Arthur playing the role of 'Prime Minister'. Seen here with some of his 'lady friends' outside the plush Riverside Keep Hotel.


Brought to you by Wardens Grove Productions and 7TV2.


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Wild West - It's A Hanging Day.

A few pics from a recent Wild West game run by Robafett.

The setting is Dead Dog Gulch, a small backwater town somewhere in the depths of Inconsequence County.

A local ruffian going by the moniker of 'The Silver Kid' has finally been caught and is facing the gallows.


The Sheriff of The Gulch, Morgan, and his deputies, Tightson, Primcup, O'Ryan and Coburn are intent on having a hanging today and the local crowd has gathered. The Reverend Stickler reads scripture to the crowd as they wait.


Little know to the Law, two other groups have arrived in town over the last day. First, The Black Gun Gang, led by Jonas 'Black Gun' Quinn, with his surly mob, Bo 'Sonny' Stocks, Luke 'Red Beard Junior' Stocks, Henry 'Ratface' Harrison and Asumpta 'Princess' McCoy (nee Quinn) have turned out to make sure nobody tries to save 'The Silver Kid' from his well earned fate...he was the varmint responsible for gunning down 'Little' Joey Hamstringer. Most of the gang are waiting in the Strawberry Brothel but 'Princess' and 'Ratface' lurk outside near the gallows.


Also in town are a posse hired by 'The Silver Kids' pop (gawd knows what a b'std that fella is...) to get him the hell out of Gulch and back to the safety of the Ranch. Joshua Tremble, Lem Wenkleman, Sam O'Callahan, Bart McKendry and Bob 'The Kid' Jenkins make up this group of 'innocent' ranchers.


The scene is set...the Sheriff and his deputies bring out 'The Silver Kid' from the jail just down the street...meanwhile, the other interested parties start to move into position...




Well...as can be expected, absolute carnage ensued and a whole lot of poor civilian folk met their maker!

For a full write up, pop over to The Streets of Inconsequence where you can find lots of lovely photos.

All figures, buildings and terrain are from Robafett.

Rules used were his modified version of The Rules With No Name.


Thursday, 17 March 2016

Cavalier 2016.

Better late than never...

Robafett and I attended the Cavalier show at Tonbridge again - its fast becoming one of our mainstay shows on the calendar, Salute (huge and busy) and SELWG (disappointing again last year sadly) and I always find this a pleasant little show that I have developed a bit of a soft spot for. Friendly atmosphere, a few good displays (but not over the top) and a reasonable selection of traders.

The SEEMS gang had a Viking game on in the main games hall whilst our pals Chris and John (aka League of Gentlemen Anti Alchemists) were running a participation game based on the early exploits of a young Erwin Rommel during the First World War as he tries to fight his way through a small town swarming with French!

A few pics from the games...

Anti Alchemists - Rommel:His Downfall 1915

Anti Alchemists - Rommel:His Downfall 1915

SEEMS - Fury From the North 886

Southend Wargames Club

North London Wargames Group

Gravesend Gamers Guild

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Hailsham Wargames Club

Friday Night Firefight

There were a few other games that I seem to have missed taking pics of but all looked good, including The Maidstone Wargames Society who won Best Demonstration Game of the day.

The Anti Alchemists won the Best Participation Game - Rob and I managed to play and it was great fun.

Picked up a few goodies from the traders - C3P0/R2D2 and Boba Fett for Imperial Assault, a pack of 'Bandidos' from Knuckleduster (that was unexpected...I'm blaming Colgar6...) some plastic grass and a box of 32 Copplestone sci-fi troopers for £20 from the Bring & Buy.




All in all a nice day out.

Next up is the big one...SALUTE!

Saturday, 2 January 2016

2015 Round-Up and Plans for 2016...

Another one gone...

Yet again, 2015 started out okay but anything hobby related gradually faded away by the end of the year. Good intentions gave way to real life and work issues.

The plan was to concentrate on Pulp, DWMG, 7TV, Greek Myth and IHMN.

I did get to add to my growing Doctor Who and 7TV / 7th Voyage collection (with the help of Robafett and Matt Slade) and got a few good games in too.

So, what did I actually get done this time around?

1) Doctor Who - a handful of painted minis added to the 200+ I already have done. Played and epic game "The Terror at Devils Bay" with hordes of Sea Devils attacking a UNIT base as the Doctor desperately struggles to help and the Master sneaks around in the background...


2) 7TV - another batch of about 50 painted for 7TV. I now have over 100 for the 'inch high spy-fi' genre. Add in the 200 Doctor Who figures (not in the pic below) things are pretty sweet on this front!


3) 7th Voyage - no figures added (didn't even finish those bloomin skellies!) but managed to get two good games in of this.

First was "Shrine of the Beastmen" where we joined brave Sinbad and his crew as they move through the 'Skull Gate', the grotesque entrance to the Shrine of the Beastmen. Their task is to explore the ruins, not seen by man for hundreds of years (at least none that returned...) and seek out the fabled 'Plaque of Destiny' within.



The second was "The Lair of the Scorpion", a huge 4 player game where two groups of adventurers explore a huge temple inhabited by an embittered sorcerer and the minions of the Scorpion God.



4) Songs of Blades and Heroes - continuing the good run of games at the beginning of the year we also managed to play a couple of games of SOBH at the club.

First was "Village of the Dead"...



The second was "The Arkand Road".


5) Terrain - a few more bits completed including the massive 'Grand Hotel' which was a lot of fun to build and will hopefully be useful for Pulp / 7TV / DWMG / WW2 games. 


I picked up a load of 'Plasticville' stuff and a stack of Sarissa Citiblock bits with the vain hope of getting a proper town set up.

I also got a handful of 28mm sci-fi figures painted and some 'not' Ghostbusters painted by Matt.

I still haven't based the last batch of Vikings I painted last year...

Once again, no zombie gaming. We still never got to play Strange Aeons either...and now the second edition is on its way...still, the pulp stuff I have done should be useful.

Apart from a few 'pulp' type figures painted, this plan didn't progress very far but despite this I am still determined to play Pulp Alley.

Other than that, not a lot else done!

So, plans for next year?

1) Pulp -after picking up the Pulp Alley rules last year (they still look great!) I am hoping to invest a little more time in this one.


2) Greek Myth / 7th Voyage - at the risk of repeating myself...ideally want to actually play more of this now I have the figures painted! A few more bits of suitable terrain done and still some interest from our usual group. Having said that, with alternatives on the horizon, who knows...see below.


3) More Doctor Who and 7TV - continuing to add to the collection. Lots more purchased awaiting a paint job. Not to mention 7TV2 is on its way!

4) Finish my Dark Age / Vikings - yep, same again. Need to base up the last lot painted and one day get around to painting the rest of the civilians and animals I have.

5) Finish my Stargate stuff - maybe even run a game? Not a lot to do with this but still need to find suitable rules.

The hoped for try out of Fistful of Kung Fu never materialised, although I did get a couple more minis painted for it! No Gladiator games either. WW2 is likely to take a back seat for a while as I want to concentrate on other things. I have plenty of options for WW2 already, not to mention the loads of figures my gaming pals also have.

New potential projects? It will probably be all about 7TV2 and Pulp Alley. Maybe...



Fantasy seems to have garnered some recent interest with our group and the club, such as the just released Dragon Rampant (purchased), Frostgrave (also purchased) and Open Combat (still awaiting the Kickstarter). SOBH still looks to be a quick and easy goto game though. I have stacks of fantasy figures, the majority unpainted but it will take me a lot to really be inspired to start painting anything...


However, 'Horror' gaming is really getting my interest at the moment.

Zombies (once again)...I have finally decided to commit to this in some way. Andrew and others have a fair few Z's so I will look at providing some survivor / civilian types plus the aforementioned 'town'. I have also invested in the Battle Systems 'Urban Terrain' Kickstarter which looks good. Rules will have to be All Things Zombie: FFO as I love the campaign aspect of this.


Didn't play or even paint a single figure but the very interesting Witchfinder General rules from Dashing Dice Games are still at the back of my mind. I may have some generic ghouls and other beasties painted soonish so who knows?


On the 'lighter' side of horror I have also gradually been collecting and painting some TV/film standards including the Scooby Gang, Ghostbusters and some of the other 'scooby gang' - Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 7TV2 already has rules for the Scooby Gang and Ghostbusters!


Perhaps we will finally play Strange Aeons too??

As far as other genres go, I have developed an interest in some small scale sci-fi gaming - Tomorrows War, Five Parsecs and Judge Dredd spring to mind. I have a pile of suitable minis for these, including some old 15mm and have a handful of 28mm painted up, including a 'Snake Plissken', a 5th Element Leeloo and Dallas and a few others. Robafett has a ton of generic sci-fi 15mm and 28mm Dredd stuff already done - we just need terrain, as always...



I also picked up Black-Ops by Guy Bowers but no plans for this yet.


Lastly I also picked up the Daisho and Ronin rules. I have about 50 or so mixed samurai, ninja, monks and other assorted oriental types but doubt this project will take off next year.



The standard mantra returns -  the main aim will be to try to actually PLAY more games.


Best wishes to you all.

M

Monday, 28 December 2015

WWII - Bolt Action.


Some pics from a recent Bolt Action game played with my bro-in-law Jimsy.

First time I had played (Jimsy had many games under his belt) so we started simple with about three squads per side, me as the Jerry and Jimsy as a unit of Paras.

















It was as close as you could come to a draw but the bro-in-law ultimately won out.

Enjoyed the game in general but it seems pretty basic after playing Chain of Command, which is definitely my favourite WW2 game at the moment.

There also seemed to be some weird imbalance where despite my well built in defensive positions, veteran troops and stock of MG42's the Paras easily ran up and overwhelmed my troops with ease due to the 'Blood curdling charge' rule.

Anyhow, kind of fun but doubt I will play using these rules again...